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How to Transfer iTunes Backup to Another Computer?

Did you buy a new computer and are now wondering how to transfer your iTunes backups to it? It's actually not a difficult process, and it can be done in just a few minutes on most kinds of computers. Here are some instructions and tips on how to transfer iTunes backup to another computer, depending on what kind of system you have:

The first thing you need to do is find out where your backup data is stored on your computer (the path of the file). This will be different depending on what OS you happen to use. For example, if you use:

Windows XP

The path to the folder will be in: \Documents and Settings\(username)\Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\

Windows Vista and Above

The path to the folder will be in: \Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup\


You backup path with be in: ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

If you use Windows and want to launch your app data folder quickly, you can go to Start > Run (or simply go to the search bar in Windows Vista and higher), then type in “%appdata%”.

After you've located the folder where you backup is, you will have to install iTunes on your other computer (the one that you are transferring iPhone backup to). You can't use the backup unless you have iTunes installed, after all.

Next, you can transfer iPhone backup to new computer manually using an external disk drive, or you can use some kind of online file transfer service to send the files to the new computer. WeTransfer and Uploaded.net work well for this. You can also use DropBox of Google's services. Just keep in mind that you will have to put the backup file in the same folder on the new computer as you had on the old computer.

How Do You View and Use Backup Files on a New Computer?

There may be times when you will want to view the files in the backup and even restore portions of it. How do you do that, though? Well, since you can't do this with iTunes (you can only restore the whole backup), you will have to use a powerful third-party application called iMyFone D-Port Pro.

iMyFone D-Port Pro iPhone Backup and Restore Tool

D-Port Pro can help you in a lot of ways

  • Preview the data that is in your backup without having to restore it.
  • Extract specific data from the backup for use on your computer.
  • Restore only the parts of your backup that you need, to save room.
  • Make new backups for your iPhone that won't overwrite your old iTunes backups.
  • Store your backups anywhere you want.

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If this seems like it would be useful to you, you can take a look at the complete user guide for iMyFone D-Port Pro online. You can find what iMyFone D-Port Pro can do for you:

Selectively back up or export data from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

View and extract data from your old iTunes or iCloud backups on computer.

Selectively restore data from backup to iOS devices without affecting other data.

If you need to move iPhone backup to new computer, it only takes a few minutes and you only need a simple USB drive (or an online service that can transfer files). If you want to enjoy and use the data in backups, though, it's a good idea to try iMyFone D-Port Pro. With this software, you can do basically whatever you want with your backups.

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